The director of the highly-anticipated Joker film has said he has moved away from comedies because “woke culture” has made them too difficult to make.
Todd Phillip’s previous work includes films such as The Hangover trilogy, Old School and Road Trip. But, Joker, released tomorrow, is set to become his biggest and best-known.
Joker, set in 1981 follows failed stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck as he turns to a life of crime in Gotham City.
In an interview for vanity, Phillips said he chose the story because he had become wary of making “irreverent bro humour.”
“Go try to be funny nowadays with this woke culture,” he said. “There were articles written about why comedies don’t work anymore- I’ll tell you why, because all the f****** funny guys are like, ‘f*** this sh*t, because I don’t want to offend you’.”
He added he did not want to have to argue “with 30 million people on Twitter.”
“You just can’t do it, right? So you just go. ‘I’m out’. I’m out, and you know what? With all my comedies – I think that what comedies, in general, all have in common – is they’re irreverent. So I go, ‘how do I do something irreverent, but f*** comedy? Oh I know, let’s take the comic book movie universe and turn it on its head with this’.”
Whilst Joker has plenty of Oscar buzz around it, there has been much controversy too. Family members of the victims of a 2012 mass shooting inside a US cinema wrote a letter to Warner Bros expressing concerns about the film.
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